Originally Posted by justarealguy
If that's the case, the h50 is out of the question unless you want to mod it.
It seems to be that you really need to look up on the variety of cooling systems available to you and how they work.
has a nice writeup.
For i5 overclocking needs, a H50/60/70 or a solid tower cooler will do you very well. If this is your first build, I'd hold out on the water until you gain an understanding of how your system will work, overclocking. Essentially my suggestion is stick with the basics for now.
Thermal paste does not disspiate heat. The job of thermal paste is to transfer the heat from the chip to the base of the heatpipes/waterblock. Then the heat is whisked away to a radiator / heatsink and dissipated to the rest of the room.
Sorry, I may have worded that wrong. I meant do some thermal pastes transfer heat "better" than others (factually, not subjectively). Also, I know that the H50 would need to be modded to add a compound. I wasn't asking if I should add a compound to the H50, I was asking if water alone (H50) would be sufficient for cooling the 2500k at 4.8Ghz-5.2Ghz, or if I should pick another cooling system that allows me to change the water to compound ratio. Also, I've asked multiple people in this thread what they think, and I can't seem to get a straight answer. Everybody just has a definition to give me.
So to everyone in this thread:
1. I know how liquid cooling works
2. I know how air cooling works
3. I know that thermal paste is a necessity and how it works
4. I know temps and voltages don't affect how far I could push my potential i5 2500k
So back to the original question.
How, liquid or otherwise, would you recommend I cool the 2500k? I'd also like to know if it is true that some thermal pastes TRANSFER heat better than others. If you can give me a straight answer to those 2 questions, then I'd appreciate it if you answered my third:
My last PC I didn't "build." It started as a Dell XPS420 Studio, and ended up being 2 computers I had around my house put together (meaning I took the better parts from each setup and put them together in one system). The problem was with my video card (ATI 2600XT). It seemed to be getting really hot. Not hot enough to burn out, but hot enough where the heat was causing cooling problems for my CPU (q6600). Was this just due to age, is this something that was just a problem in older GPUs (2007), has this been fixed with ATI processors, or do I need to start looking into some form of GPU cooling? The ATI 2600XT only had the stock fan on it.